Hi Bumblebee1, Bsime & Lynnwood,
I am so, so thankful for your responses. Thankyou for taking the time to write such detailed advice.
I have definately struck gold posting a thread on here!!
my rhuem guy, he is top. He is one of those specialists that goes the extra yard. I can only really compare him to 'Dr House' as you can see he is applying his knowlege when Im consulting with him. The problem is is that I am a strange case.
I have recurrent pericarditis, which in itself has distinct guidlines on how the condition is to be managed.
The problem with my condition is that all the test results point to the condition being auto immune driven.
So my rhuem guy and cardiologist are having fun as I dont quite fit the picture for either condition, but because of my conditions auto immune nature they are having to think outside the box a bit to find a way to manage it.
I look with great regard at anyone battling with Lupus, such as yourselves and thankyou for sharing your experiences and knowlege with me, in order to help me manage my problem. I definately feel a lot more comfortable with my rhuem guys advice now.
I am definately going to give the Plaquenil a shot.
Actually, with the anti malaria meds - when I was first diagnosed with my condition they thought the cause was microbial. So the docs perscribed me some malaria medication (doxycycline) to rid me of any nasties. Although it wasnt plaquenil, I noticed a significant improvement in my condition over the course of 10 days and could swear that they cracked it. But I had a flare up and a month later (when I was off the doxy) and was back to square one. So I will take this little improvement hint and work with it.
Once again, thankyou - you have made my day.
Marc - AustraliaVIEW IMAGE